It’s time to change the rules of engagement!
When I worked at a major fine jewelry chain several years ago, most days I was confronted with a myriad of emotions directly related to the comments made by perspective clients. The ones that really got my attention and yes on my nerves were those who were cheap!!!
Trust, I tried to figure out a way around using that word, but I really couldn’t gather another one that would fit so there it is….CHEAP!!!
Well, notice I said that I worked at a FINE JEWELRY establishment…that meant that the merchandise there was behind a protective case for a reason. Its value was well worth the price and it was secured because it was not meant for just “anybody” to have access to it.
Yet, time and time again, I was met with countless “eye-buyers!”
If you have ever worked in retail for commission, I’m sure you understand my frustration.
But honestly, it wasn’t solely based on the shopper’s inability to buy the merchandise; it was their attitude in the process.
I’m a visionary so I’m quick to go into a store and “prepare for my future.” I may not have a dime in my pocket, but I know what I like and I know what God said I can have so I don’t have a problem acknowledging what I can’t afford, YET!!!!
In fact, I did it a few weeks ago! Yes the earrings I saw were $2K and I don’t know how I’m going to get them, but those diamond hoops are definitely in my near future. After all I am the daughter of a King! Why wouldn’t I anticipate the best?
Well, I didn’t always believe that. In fact, just a few months back I had begun to forget God’s grace. Yet, doesn’t He have a lovely way of reminding us of His faithfulness?
Sure He does!
Since then, I have decided that no matter what I face, I will keep an attitude of expectation because I know GREAT EXPECTATIONS LEAD TO GREAT RESULTS!!!
I know my Heavenly Father adores me and He always wants what’s best for me. Granted I’ve been delayed from some of the things I want and I was a bit upset initially, but now I know I’m safer in His will. Even still, He graciously reminds me all the time that He never breaks a promise.
As it happens, just the other day when a cloud of doubt tried to crop up, a car got in front of me with the license plate TRUSTME…
Also, this morning I was on autopilot as I was singing and praising and drove right by my son’s school. I decided that no matter what I would not be disturbed by the trivial anymore. After I dropped him off, a car got in front of me with PRZ GOD. I continued and later saw W84ME. Each time I know God knew what I’d been wondering and almost worried about. Still He lovingly assured me of His presence and His favor by the little things I tend to notice that others might not. I know in His eyes I’m priceless and I’ve learned to see myself the same way.
That said, it saddens me to see so many of my sisters not see themselves as such. Instead of the fearfully and wonderfully made creatures God made them to be, they sulk under the misguided interpretation that because they have made mistakes or that their picture doesn’t match the photo-shopped images in magazines that they are worthless.
They complain about attracting the wrong guys and not having any luck in relationships, but the real problem is that they haven’t acknowledged the standard in place so they can receive God’s best.
I shared that same plight at one time and I’m determined never to measure my self-worth by past mistakes, ill-perceived flaws, and definitely not by what anyone else thinks or says because God’s shared a secret with me that all His daughters can claim.
God endowed me with
Proverbs 31:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 A capable, intelligent, and [a]virtuous woman—who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.